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There are 6 ways to get from Porto to Cantabria by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from Porto to Santander 783

35€ - 45€

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Fly from Porto, bus  •  5h 51m

  1. Fly from Porto (OPO) to Bilbao (BIO) OPO - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales

31€ - 91€

4 alternative options

Bus via Burgos  •  11h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Porto — Campo 24 de Agosto to Burgos
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Santander

80€ - 123€

Train  •  13h 5m

  1. Take the train from Porto - Campanha to Vigo Guixar Ic
  2. Take the train from Vigo Guixar to Segovia Guiomar Alv
  3. Take the train from Segovia Guiomar to Santander Alv

73€ - 102€

Drive  •  6h 11m

  1. Drive from Porto to Santander 642.2 km

75€ - 110€

Train to Vigo, fly, bus  •  7h 42m

  1. Take the train from Porto - Campanha to Vigo Guixar
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to Bilbao (BIO) VGO - BIO
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales

84€ - 216€

Portugal → Spain
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International entry into Spain from Portugal

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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Portugal
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
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  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from Portugal.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cantabria is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cantabria is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cantabria is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Portugal from Spain.

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Last updated: 11 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Porto to Cantabria is to bus, which costs 35€ - 45€ and takes 11h.

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The quickest way to get from Porto to Cantabria is to fly and bus which costs 30€ - 95€ and takes 5h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Porto and arriving at Santander. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 11h.

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No, there is no direct train from Porto to Cantabria. However, there are services departing from Porto - Campanha and arriving at Santander via Vigo Guixar and Segovia Guiomar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 5m.

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The distance between Porto and Cantabria is 435 km. The road distance is 642.2 km.

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The best way to get from Porto to Cantabria without a car is to bus which takes 11h and costs 35€ - 45€.

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The bus from Porto to Santander takes 11h including transfers and departs four times a week.

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Porto to Cantabria bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Porto station.

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Porto to Cantabria train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Porto - Campanha station.

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The best way to get from Porto to Cantabria is to bus which takes 11h and costs 35€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 13h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Porto to Cantabria.
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  • Distance: 434.6 km
  • Duration: 11h

What companies run services between Porto, Portugal and Cantabria, Spain?

FlixBus operates a bus from Porto to Santander 4 times a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 45€ and the journey takes 11h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Porto to Santander via Vigo Guixar and Segovia Guiomar in around 13h 5m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Porto to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 300€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
90€ - 300€
Flights from Vigo to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 300€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Porto to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
26€ - 160€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Porto - Campanha to Vigo Guixar
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Vigo Guixar to Segovia Guiomar
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Segovia Guiomar to Santander
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Porto to Santander
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Porto — Campo 24 de Agosto to Burgos
Ave. Duration
7h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 100€
Website
iberocoach.com
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Burgos to Santander
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 26€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Porto Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Porto to Cantabria bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Santander station.

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Cantabria is 1h ahead of Porto. It is currently 1:15 PM in Porto and 2:15 PM in Cantabria.

Porto to Cantabria train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Porto to Cantabria is 642 km. It takes approximately 6h 11m to drive from Porto to Cantabria.

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Volotea and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Porto Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Porto to Cantabria bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Cantabria. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Porto to Porto Airport is to subway which takes 27 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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